Table for 4 – Cody Senior Center To Resume Indoor Dining Next Monday
Written by Andrew-Rossi on September 24, 2020
After months of uncertainty and attempts to get back to normal, the Cody Senior Center will be opening its doors to indoor dining on Monday, September 28.
Jenni Johnstone-Smith, Executive Director of the Senior Center, says the Center’s reopening protocols have received the go-ahead from Park County Public Health Nurse Bill Crampton. Now, seniors can once again dine and socialize together inside the Senior Center during the lunch hour.
The following protocols will be in place as of next Monday:
- Curbside pickup is offered until further notice between 11:00 am and 11:30 am, Monday through Friday
- The doors for inside dining will not open until 11:45 am; please allow the curbside pickup to end before arriving
- The dining room is open between the hours of 11:45 and 1:15, but no one will be served lunch after 12:30 pm
- Upon entry into the building, temperatures will be taken, and hands will be sprayed with sanitizer
- Members will be signed in and escorted to the dining room by staff and volunteers
- A maximum of 4 persons will be seated at each table, making the indoor capacity at roughly 50 people. Johnstone-Smith encourages residents who cannot be immediately seated to wait in their vehicle until a spot is open. At that time, staff or volunteers will go to their vehicles to welcome them inside
- Staff and volunteers will bring meal trays to residents at their seat
- All beverages and refills will be served by staff and volunteers. the beverage cart will be offered throughout the meal for refills
No masks are required for entry or while at the Senior Center but will be available on-site. Outdoor seating may be used to increase capacity while the weather remains pleasant.
Johnstone-Smith hopes that in-person social activities will begin again by October 19.
The main request to Cody’s seniors and the community at large is flexibility. The hope is to open and stay open without interruption, but that might need to be curtailed or changed if the region’s COVID-19 dynamic also changes.